Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
880 Front Street, Room 6293
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
14-SDCA-1170090-AUSA-03
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.

The Southern District of California is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the District are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire western boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.

Enclosed is a link to the Southern District of California's web page for more information about the office. http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/index.html

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/

Job Description: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently recruiting for a limited amount of Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions in the Criminal Division for both its San Diego and Imperial County offices. The Criminal Division is organized into seven sections, which consist of the General Crimes Sections, Reactive Crimes Section, Major Frauds Section, Narcotics Enforcement Section, Appellate Section, National Security and Cyber Crimes Section, and Financial Litigation and Asset Forfeiture Unit. The Criminal Division caseload includes a large volume of drug and immigration cases, along with a variety of such other federal offenses as major narcotics cases involving Mexican drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, terrorism offenses, bank robberies, child pornography, postal theft, credit card fraud, murder for hire, counterfeiting, organized crime, money laundering, computer crimes, and other sophisticated whit collar fraud offenses (such as defense procurement fraud, health care fraud and environment fraud).

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 24 months. This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition. This position is located in San Diego, California. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree and be an active member of the bar of any state. One year of qualifying post-graduate legal experience is required, but 2 years of qualifying post-graduate legal experience is strongly preferred. Qualifying legal experience may include work as an attorney, a judicial law clerk in either federal or state court, and/or litigation experience in either the private or public sector. This position is open to all qualified candidates from the private and public sectors.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must have superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication skills. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills including experience with automated research on the Internet, CM/ECF, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $55,919.00 to $157,000.00 which includes locality pay.
Travel: 
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required depending on the needs of particular cases.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/376236700

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

· Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or 1203-FX).

· Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year) with a cover letter.

· Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

· Required, if applicable - Veterans' Preference documentation (see Benefits and Other Information section for details).

· Required: You will have to upload the Legal Writing Sample and the SDCA Application Form found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/employ/ausaPositions.html under the Application Form section in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word) and attached these documents as “Other”.

The point of contact for this vacancy announcement is Nitza Williamson, who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or Nitza.williamson@usdoj.gov

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 4, 2014
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more positions are available.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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